Sunday, October 2, 2011

I Baked Something...

I thought when I moved up here and had access to a beautiful, spacious kitchen, I would be baking and cooking all the time...however, the fact that it is still just me makes it easy for me to lack the motivation to put any effort into meals and just stick to easy things like soups and rice bowls etc...

I have been 'pinning' things on Pinterest for quite's a really cool website (aka time waster) that is basically a virtual pin board where you can organize any picture, tutorial, recipe, party idea, photo idea etc...that you find on the web.  You can create as many 'boards' as you want and pin as much as you want...the trouble is, you find one thing, and then you see things other people have 'pinned' and in browsing through everything others have pinned, you find you've just spent hours on the site.  It's a great place for inspiration though ~ my original reason for joining was because I wanted a place to keep recipe ideas I would find on different sites all in one place, rather than having to try to remember which blog or what website I'd seen it.  I have recipe boards divided into "Recipes to try - sweets" and "Recipes to try - savory", and it's no surprise that I have about twice as many 'sweets' recipes to try as savory.

I finally got my act together this weekend and bought ingredients to make one of my 'pinned' sweets's actually similar, if not identical, to one a friend of mine made several years ago when I was visiting her in San Diego (hi Leanne).  I don't remember her name for the recipe, but the one on Pinterest is called "Magic Eight Bars", so that's what I'll call them.

I even remembered to wear an apron this time :)  I don't usually think to put one on, but I got this one when I was at Sur La Table in Seattle earlier this summer...
I love the rick rack, ribbons and the teacups and teapot on it, and I have to admit, it did make me feel very 'Suzy Homemaker' ish wearing it :)

Magic Eight Bars

1/2 c butter, melted
1.5 c graham cracker crumbs
1 can (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk
1 c chocolate chips
1 c butterscotch chips
1 c white chocolate chips
1 1/3 c coconut flakes (either sweetened or unsweetened - I used sweetened)
1/2 c Heath Bar toffee bits

Melt butter in microwave-safe bowl and add the graham cracker crumbs to it.  Stir to combine and press crumb mixture into a buttered or cooking sprayed 9 x 13 pan.
(1 1/2 cups of graham cracker crumbs is just about one sleeve of graham crackers - I put them in a large ziplock bag and then rolled over them with a rolling pin)

Pour sweetened condensed milk evenly over crumb mixture. Layer evenly with half the chips, i.e. 1/2 c of each kind of chip, then top with half the amount of coconut, i.e. about 3/4 c.  Then add the rest of the chips and rest of the coconut.  After the chips and coconut are layered, add the the toffee bits to the top.
Bake at 350F for 30 minutes, or until top is barely browning.  Start checking on it after 25 minutes.  Allow to cool and slice.  You can store extras in the freezer (ha, ha...extras, yeah right) :)  if you want to make ahead.
It's a great way to use up left over bags of flavored chips that are in the pantry - you could easily do variations with whatever you have, and add nuts as well if you'd like.
My 'plating' skills can definitely use some work...the bars are super sweet, so you don't need a huge serving...make sure you have milk to go with them!

And just are pix of the most recent 'visitor' to pass through - he took a shortcut through the yard...


Mary said...

I believe you are correct when you said we are now living in two different worlds. I haven't seen a moose in ages. :)

I saw these on your board...looks delis! Funny that I saw those cute aprons on Sur La Tables website just yesterday and tried to figure out where the closest one in Vegas was! Very cute!

LJ said...

Was perusing your blog today and saw the photos of the Moose - WOW - how cool is it to have such beautiful wildlife traipsing through your yard. Growing up on the ranch in WYO, we had deer come up and say 'hello' through our big picture window in the living room. We thought that was pretty special - but no moose or elk. And thankfully no bears! Blessings to your day Melody.

ashley @ ashley's adventures in alaska said...

Woohoo for you baking! Those bars look fantastic and your apron is adorable. I totally need an apron. What a nice moose that wandered through your yard! Females and babies are much more common here than males with awesome antlers.